Arts Leaders of Metro Atlanta (ALMA)

ALMA Workshop — 2022 Class

Applications for the 2022 ALMA Workshop class have closed. If you are interested in applying for the 2023 class, we recommend signing up for our emails (below) so you will receive a notification next year when the applications open again.

Building off a successful 2021 reimagining of the Arts Leaders of Metro Atlanta program, the ARC is once again seeking experienced artists, arts administrators, designers, urban planners, and local government officials for its 2022 class.

This special cohort of leaders will co-design with community-based organizations to develop arts and culture-focused proposals to community planning challenges. Program days will be a combination of education, discussion, and collaboration to advance arts and culture as an essential part of inclusive and equitable civic, planning, and development processes.

The 2022 program will include five program days, including a final session of group presentations and a distinguished panel review. We expect that these program days will be a mix of virtual and in-person as circumstances allow.

Who should apply to ALMA Workshop?

  • Artists, arts administrators, and arts and culture professionals interested in advocacy, activism, community engagement, and civic participation
  • Urban planners, urban designers, architects, developers, and landscape architects
  • Public officials with a desire to incorporate the arts into policy and programming
  • Philanthropic professionals responsible for funding in arts and culture, urban planning, place-based community development, and civic engagement

Application Timeline

  • Applications Open: Tuesday, October 14, 2021
  • Applicant Orientation Session: Thursday, November 4, 2021 (Recording available here – 45min)
  • Applications Close: Thursday, November 18, 2021 (extended!)
  • Applicants Notified: Monday, December 13, 2021
  • ALMA 2022 Class Public Announcement: Wednesday, December 15, 2021

Class Schedule

  • Program Day 1: Wednesday, February 16, 2022
  • Program Day 2: Wednesday, March 9, 2022
  • Program Day 3: Wednesday, March 23, 2022
  • Program Day 4: Wednesday, April 20, 2022
  • Program Day 5: Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Program Fee

  • For employees of local governments, businesses, and foundations: $700
  • For working, self-employed artists and employees of arts and culture-based nonprofits (if selected for ALMA 2022): no cost
  • Stipends of $500 will be awarded to 10 participants with preference given to working artists and culture bearers.

Recent ALMA alumni include:

  • Tiffany Latrice Williams, TILA Studios & National Black Arts
  • Sherri Washington, Commissioner, Rockdale County
  • Jacquelyn Pritz, DanceATL
  • Katie O’Connor, City of Woodstock
  • Oshun Layne, Dashboard
  • Mark Kendall, Comedian
  • Tinashe Kajese-Bolden, Alliance Theatre
  • Hank Houser, Houser Walker Architecture
  • Irasema Concepcion Gonzalez Vargas, AT&T
  • Lynn Deutsch, Mayor, City of Dunwoody

ALMA Speakers

Past speakers include:


“One of the things I’ve learned is how effective an artist-led project is in engaging members of the community.”

-Lynn Deutsch, Mayor, City of Dunwoody
ALMA Class of 2021


Contact Josh Phillipson

Arts Leaders of Metro Atlanta (ALMA) is a program of the Atlanta Regional Commission. ARC is the regional planning agency for the Atlanta region, including Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Henry, and Rockdale counties, as well as the City of Atlanta.